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LSU vs. Tennessee - 2/23/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Tennessee at LSU
Date & Time Saturday February 23, 2019, 12:00 PM (EST)
Location
Pete Maravich Assembly Center
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
The Line
LSU Tigers -1 O/U: 158
TV Channel
ESPN
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The Tennessee Volunteers and the LSU Tigers will match up on the college basketball court Saturday.

Tennessee comes in here at 24-2 on the year. After a lengthy winning streak, the Volunteers fell 86-69 to Kentucky last Saturday, but then turned in another victory over Vanderbilt in their last appearance.

In their win over the Commodores, Tennessee’s top scorer was Grant Williams on 14 points and 11 rebounds. Lamonte Turner added 12 points with five rebounds for the Volunteers in that one, as did Admiral Schofield.

Over on the LSU side, they’re 21-5 this year. After a four-game win streak over MS State, Auburn, Kentucky and Georgia, the Tigers dropped their last game at home versus Florida.

In the OT loss to the Gators, LSU’s Skylar Mays put up 18 points to lead the team, and Naz Reid doubled up on 16 points and 15 rebounds. Marlon Taylor, Tremont Waters and Kavell Bigby-Williams each turned in 10 points for the Tigers there as well.

The Volunteers are 6-2 ATS in their last eight Saturday games and 6-2 ATS in their last eight road games. Tennessee is 1-4 ATS in their last five overall and 1-4 ATS in their last five versus the SEC.

Meanwhile, the Tigers are 5-1 ATS in their last six following an ATS loss and 5-2 ATS in their last seven Saturday games. LSU is 10-4-1 ATS in the last 15 versus the SEC and 9-4 ATS in their last 13 overall.

This should be a pretty good game and a must-watch scenario if you’re a basketball fan, but I’m not as certain about Tennessee as I once was. The Vols just kind of looked “blah” versus Kentucky and really didn’t win over Vanderbilt (at home, no less) with any kind of authority.

LSU should have beaten Florida, and they should have beaten Arkansas, but overall I think they’ll be okay despite their nail-biters lately. I’m going Tigers here.

Pick:
LSU Tigers -1

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